TAMIL NADU

Carpet weavers'strike continues in Bhavani

WORK COMES TO A STANDSTILL: Looms kept idle at Bhavani-Anthiyur junction on Wednesday. - Photo: M Govarthan

WORK COMES TO A STANDSTILL: Looms kept idle at Bhavani-Anthiyur junction on Wednesday. - Photo: M Govarthan  

R. Sundaram

Production worth over Rs. 40 lakh affected

ERODE: Over 2,000 carpet weavers belonging to AITUC continued their strike for the third day demanding wage revision. Carpet production worth over Rs. 40 lakh has been affected owing to the strike. Bhavani, well-known for carpet weaving, has over 50 cooperative weaving societies and members of the societies are paid a reasonable wage.

Private sector

In the private sector there are over 10,000 weavers. But the wages paid to them are not on par with those given to the members of the societies.

The weavers said there had been no wage revision for the last 15 years.

The weavers demanded 50 per cent hike in wages which the owners rejected. K.V. Ramanathan, MLA, held discussions with the factory owners and promised them to find a solution.

Following the discussion, 80 per cent of the weavers resumed work from Wednesday.

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